Industry Profile: John Simson

— By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

John L. Simson, executive director of SoundExchange (SX), the first performance rights organization designated by the U.S. government to collect and distribute royalties on behalf of recording artists and record labels, has been involved in the music industry since his 1971 signing with Perception Records as a singer/songwriter.

John's career has included a 10-year partnership with Tom Carrico in Studio One Artists, managing Mary Chapin Carpenter (1988-1995), Steve Forbert (Geffen), Mike Henderson (RCA), Jonell Mosser ("the greatest unknown singer in America who was signed to MCA and whose drummer was Ringo--yes that Ringo") and Matraca Berg (Rising Tide/MCA). John also was an adviser/consultant to Harry Belafonte.

John has practiced entertainment law since 1980 and most recently was of counsel to the firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe from 1990-1999. He has served as executive producer of the PBS television special, "Mary Chapin Carpenter Live At Wolftrap," received an Emmy nomination for his music supervision of the PBS "American Roots Music" special and also worked on Harry Belafonte's "An Evening With Harry Belafonte and Friends." His other television credits include: Sesame Street 30th Anniversary Special and a network special of the April 1997 Presidential Summit, "Keeping America's Promise."

John joined SoundExchange in March 2000 and was named its executive director in June 2001. SoundExchange, originally created by the RIAA, has been an independent non-profit organization controlled by a board of artists, artist representatives and record label representatives since September 2003. It is the first institution to pay the actual featured performers for the public performance of sound recordings on which they appear, rather than songwriters, including many recording artists who have previously not been compensated. Its board of directors recently decided to extend the deadline from December 31, 2004 to December 2005 with the chance of a further extension. "This will allow more time for over 30,000 performers to register with SX before losing their share of the royalties from the first distribution cycle- between 1996 and 2000," says John. "The board clearly understood our mission: playing catch-up for 80 years of recordings without a performance right."

SoundExchange has already paid out almost $16 million covering over 200 million digital plays (satellite radio, internet radio, and cable/direct TV radio) for approximately 6,000 members since its establishment in 2000. "The royalty amounts collected continue to grow and should exceed $30 million in 2005," he says.

Among the 30,000 artists who have not yet claimed their funds are such diverse acts as The Shangri-Las (1960's girl group who sang the hit "Leader of the Pack"), SWV (1990'S R&B trio), and Luscious Jackson (best known for the hit song "Naked Eye").

Very active in the Washington, D.C. arts community, John received the "Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award" from Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts during its 10th anniversary celebration. He was one of the founders of the Washington Area Music Association and served as its first president (1985-1990). He has also served as vice president of the steering committee of the D.C. Bar's Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law section and as a board member and legal counsel to the Songwriters Association of Washington.

In April 2004, John was elected president of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). He was elected to the Recording Academy Board of Governors in 1997 for the Washington, D.C. chapter, and served three years as a national trustee of the Academy (1997-2000). John has also served on the board of the Alliance of Artists and Record Companies (AARC), the Washington Area Music Association, Institute for the Arts in Science Education, Inc., Video Culture, Inc., the Takoma/Silver Spring Thunderbolts and the 20th Century Consort. He is a member of the Folk Alliance, the Country Music Association and an alumnus of Nashville's "Leadership Music."

John is currently an adjunct professor of entertainment law at American University's Washington College of Law and previously taught entertainment law for two semesters at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law. He has also lectured frequently on entertainment law and business issues at colleges and universities around the United States.

Do you miss being a recording artist?
There are times when I miss it. Recording my first album in London with great British musicians touring the States with some great players I grew up with and opening for comedians (later in my career) were all very exciting experiences. I do miss the way I used to spend my days working on new songs, rehearsing with my band and playing in front of great audiences.

Do you think you will ever be a recording artist again?
I would never say never. Although recording artist might be a bit too much for what I'd do. I'd just be making some home recordings in a studio of new songs for my friends.

Do you miss being an artist manager?
No. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and I liked being able to blend my creative and business sides to strategize marketing, promotion campaigns, help create videos, TV specials, tours, etc., but after 12 years, I was ready for something different.

What did you learn as an artist that you have brought to SoundExchange?
Passion for the music and those who create it is critically important. We can never forget that our mission is to serve the artists and those who invest in their sound recordings.

What did you learn as a manger that you brought to SoundExchange?
The ability to coordinate many different facets of a campaign, and the ability to look at the big picture and not get mired down in things that really don't or shouldn't matter.

Why did you leave management to go to SoundExchange?
I was really excited about the historic nature of creating the first performance rights organization in the United States to represent performers and sound recording copyright owners--typically the labels.

How does SoundExchange get its artists and labels signed?
SoundExchange is constantly trying to find artists and labels for which we've collected royalties. We have researchers who check for websites, scour industry publications and directories for contact information and participate in many industry conferences and panels all aimed at getting out the word about digital performance rights.

Many artists have created a legacy with one very special recording like Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" or Percy Sledge's "When A Man Love's A Woman." Groups like the Temptations have created many: "My Girl," "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," "Get Ready," "Ain't Too Proud To Beg," among others. These songs get played every day somewhere around the world. The performers, who created these lasting and memorable works, should be compensated when these works are performed, just as the songwriters are through their performing rights organizations which collect royalties from radio, television, clubs, stadiums and other places that use music commercially. Having worked for Mr. Belafonte, the inequity I hear every day is a motivating force behind my work. In every sports stadium, arena, whether pro or college, you hear that eerie but familiar "Day-O" not once but multiple times in most games. The songwriter is getting paid but Harry as the performer is not.

SoundExchange is a new beginning. Finally U.S. performers are receiving royalties from the performance of their work. It will not cure the 80 years of inequality, where performers weren't paid; it will especially not compensate those performers whose works were greatly performed in the '20's, '30's, '40's, '50's and who never received a dime in exchange for their performances. But going forward, we can pay those artists whose work is being performed on Internet radio, satellite radio and other digital sources that are covered by the new laws in place. We will continue to fight for full performance rights so that radio and other outlets start to make payments.

SoundExchange is also an important step in receiving royalties for artists overseas. For many years, our lack of performance rights for artists meant that when U.S. artists were played on radio or television overseas, those artists didn't receive any portion of the money collected for them in those countries in Europe and Asia, even though they were being paid for them. We estimate that hundreds of millions of dollars per year are lost in this manner. SoundExchange, working with the AFM and AFTRA, two unions that represent performers, has been successful in creating relationship with foreign collecting societies and beginning the process of repatriating some of these royalties.

How are you getting artists to sign up for SoundExchange?
We use a multi-faceted approach. Al Kooper, the great musician, songwriter, producer, and recording artist said in his book, Backstage Pass that he knew that you had to be in the right place at the right time in this industry, so he tried to be in as many places at once as he could be.

SoundExchange is following that advice. We're trying to reach artists through press, advertising, staff appearances at industry conferences like SXSW, NEMO, CMJ, Grammy In The Streets and other such gatherings around the country, presentations to law firms, management and business management firms that represent many artists, appearances on panels at universities, conferences. We're reaching out to experts in various genres to get their input on how best to find some of the older, harder-to-find artists. We've also signed agreements with organizations in other countries which represent foreign artists. We just recently joined an organization called SCAPR which has more than 30 members representing artists in countries around the world hoping it would help us reach many more international artists. We've signed more than 10,000 artists and have many thousands to go.

Why was the first distribution cycle just 1996-2000?
The first law, providing for performance rights for sound recordings, took effect in 1996. The law didn't provide for a rate of payment, and it took several years to determine that rate. Once that rate was set, those entitled to receive royalties began the process of creating a collective organization to manage, collect and distribute the royalties. I started in March 2000 before SoundExchange had a name. It was 18 months later that we had our first distribution.

Will there ever be any payments prior to 1996?
No. There were no rights prior to 1996.

The deadline is July so what happens thereafter?
In late breaking news, the SoundExchange board voted on June 9 to extend the deadline to allow our continuing works in finding artists to continue. The deadline is now December 31, 2005, unless further extended by the board.

First concert attended
The Beatles at Shea Stadium, August 15, 1965.

First concert worked
I was the opening act for Jethro Tull on the Aqualung Tour, Albany Palace Theatre, November 14, 1971. It was billed as John Simson. My album, "We Can Be Everything," had recently been released, and I was getting a fair amount of airplay on the Albany campus station.

First industry job
Signed to a record deal by Perception Records in 1971 and recorded an album in London and New York, December - May 1971.

Career highlights
Ten-year run as partner in Studio One Artists as managers of Mary Chapin Carpenter and others, we took part in five Grammy wins, 10 million albums sold, a variety of interesting musical projects; Emmy nomination for my musical supervision of the PBS TV Specials "American Roots Music;" helping launch SoundExchange, the first performance rights organization in U.S. history to represent performers and sound recording copyright owners and Leadership Music 1994.

Career disappointments
Never finishing my second album. Never opening for Curtis Mayfield.

Greatest challenge
Finishing the Sunday New York Times Acrostic puzzles.

How often do you finish them?
Pretty frequently though, I will admit to "googling" a few of the clues when stumped.

Best business decision
Leaving management to help launch SoundExchange.

Best advice you received
"DeNiro told me you should never drop names!"-- Al Bunetta, 1994. Second best advice: "If someone's going to jail, make sure it's your client." --Michael Tigar, criminal procedure professor.

Best advice to offer
Use your powers for good and not evil.

Most memorable industry experience
Patriot Center concert. Mary Chapin headlined and raised over $250,000 for local charities.

Favorite team/athlete
I grew up in the Mickey Mantle era and learned to switch hit so I could be more like Mickey. The Washington Nationals may finally be supplanting the Yankees in my old age. Blame George and pitchers who are older than I am!

What friends would be surprised to learn about you
That I'm a bird watching geek. I love to take my binoculars on long hikes and look for owls, rufous-sided towhees, hawks and other birds.

Industry pet peeve
Too often we're a dysfunctional family.

Office paraphernalia
My Homer Hula doll that sings "Tiny Bubbles" (When you're last name is Simson, even without the "p", you can't escape Homer!)

If I wasn't doing this, I would be...
...working in a refugee camp in Darfur or busking on Portobello Road.

Industry mentor
Roy Wunsch, former president of SONY-Nashville who taught me that you can run a label with class; Al Bunetta, who taught me that unless you're having a good time, you shouldn't be here; and Gary Himelfarb, who's wise beyond his years and who uses his powers for good and not evil.

John can be reached at: 202-828-0120; e-mail: jsimson@soundexchange.com

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John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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